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Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

For contacts of a person with a positive test result for COVID-19 who do not live with that person.

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The information in this guidance has been superseded by information in COVID-19: people with COVID-19 and their contacts.

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Arabic)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Bengali)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Farsi)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (French)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Gujarati)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Hindi)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Pashto)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Polish)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Portuguese)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Punjabi - Gurmukhi)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Simplified Chinese)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Traditional Chinese)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Slovak)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Somali)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Tamil)

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[Withdrawn] Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person (Urdu)

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Details

For people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for COVID-19.

The easy read has been temporarily removed while it is being updated in line with the latest changes to guidance.

Published 28 May 2020
Last updated 15 February 2022 + show all updates
  1. Added translations.

  2. Updated information on exemption from self-isolation for those aged between 18 years 0 months and 18 years 6 months.

  3. Added translated versions.

  4. Updated to remove requirement for people testing positive on an LFD test to have a confirmatory PCR test.

  5. Updated to reflect changes to the self-isolation advice for people who have received a positive COVID-19 test result.

  6. Updated advice on testing for contacts of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

  7. Updated with advice for contacts who are not legally required to self-isolate to take 7 LFD tests. Removed legal requirements relating to contacts of someone infected with the Omicron variant.

  8. Added What has changed section. Clarified that contacts legally required to self-isolate (including contacts of suspected or confirmed Omicron cases) must complete their isolation period even if they test negative during that period.

  9. Updated guidance for contacts of people identified as a suspected or confirmed case of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 and on PCR testing. Removed translations and easy read versions.

  10. Updated guidance on when asymptomatic people should take an LFD test.

  11. Updated to reflect the end of the shielding programme.

  12. Updated easy-read version.

  13. Added translations.

  14. Added information for children and young people attending educational settings.

  15. Updated in line with changes to self-isolation for contacts from 16 August.

  16. Updated translated versions.

  17. Updated in line with changes to guidance for Step 4 of the roadmap. Added information for those living a nomadic way of life.

  18. Updated 10 translated versions.

  19. Updated easy read version.

  20. Added information on contacts organising a PCR test and added recommendation for those with symptoms to organise a test even if symptoms are mild.

  21. Added Portuguese translation.

  22. Added translated versions.

  23. Reinforced advice for those who have been fully vaccinated. Guidance updated regarding follow up PCR and contacts released from self-isolation.

  24. Removed sexual contacts from 'what is meant by a contact' section.

  25. Updated guidance to reflect legal duty for contacts to isolate following either a positive LFD or PCR test in a case. Added additional detail to 'what is meant by a contact' section.

  26. Added translated versions.

  27. Amended 'what is meant by a contact' section.

  28. Update to reflect changes to self-isolation. Removed Easy read.

  29. Added updated easy-read guidance.

  30. Updated guidance with information on financial support available, and the requirement to stay at home when identified as a contact. Temporarily removed translations.

  31. Updated to include new legal requirements for self-isolation.

  32. Updated guidance to include the new legal requirements for self-isolation due to come into effect on 28 September 2020.

  33. Updated link on support bubbles.

  34. Revised language in relation to self-isolation.

  35. Updated translated versions to reflect changes to core guidance.

  36. Updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days.

  37. Added updated translations.

  38. Updated guidance on support bubbles.

  39. Added guidance on support bubbles.

  40. Updated guidance.

  41. First published.